Teaching Tips

8 Products Dance Educators Live For

It's Cyber Monday, people, which means it's time to go online shopping for all your favorite dance-teacher needs! Today, educators everywhere are scouring the internet for some of their favorite deals. Here are eight products dance teachers positively live for!

Let us know if we got it right, and share on our Facebook page the best dance-teacher Cyber Monday deals you find!


1. Teacher shoes with arch support

Protect the feet!!!!

media1.giphy.com


2. Ballet wrap skirts

They're cute and functional, people!

media0.giphy.com


3. Leggings

Pants from heaven—need I say more?

media1.giphy.com


4. Sports bras

There would be no functioning without them.

media1.giphy.com


5. Wireless teacher mics

Thank you, Britney!

media0.giphy.com


6. Day planners

Organization is key in this industry.

media3.giphy.com


7. Hairspray/hair elastics/bobby pins

You will never have enough.

media2.giphy.com


8. Apple watches

(For the ability to control music from the other side of the classroom, and track your fitness—obviously 💁♀️.)

media3.giphy.com

Teachers Trending
Alwin Courcy, courtesy Ballet des Amériques

Carole Alexis has been enduring the life-altering after-effects of COVID-19 since April 2020. For months on end, the Ballet des Amériques director struggled with fevers, tingling, dizziness and fatigue. Strange bruising showed up on her skin, along with the return of her (long dormant) asthma, plus word loss and stuttering.

"For three days I would experience relief from the fever—then, boom—it would come back worse than before," Alexis says. "I would go into a room and not know why I was there." Despite the remission of some symptoms, the fatigue and other debilitating side effects have endured to this day. Alexis is part of a tens-of-thousands-member club nobody wants to be part of—she is a COVID-19 long-hauler.

Keep reading... Show less
Teachers Trending
Annika Abel Photography, courtesy Griffith

When the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis last May catalyzed nationwide protests against systemic racism, the tap community resumed longstanding conversations about teaching a Black art form in the era of Black Lives Matter. As these dialogues unfolded on social media, veteran Dorrance Dance member Karida Griffith commented infrequently, finding it difficult to participate in a meaningful way.

"I had a hard time watching people have these conversations without historical context and knowledge," says Griffith, who now resides in her hometown of Portland, Oregon, after many years in New York City. "It was clear that there was so much information missing."

For example, she observed people discussing tap while demonstrating ignorance about Black culture. Or, posts that tried to impose upon tap the history or aesthetics of European dance forms.

Keep reading... Show less
Studio Owners
Courtesy Tonawanda Dance Arts

If you're considering starting a summer program this year, you're likely not alone. Summer camp and class options are a tried-and-true method for paying your overhead costs past June—and, done well, could be a vehicle for making up for lost 2020 profits.

Plus, they might take on extra appeal for your studio families this year. Those struggling financially due to the pandemic will be in search of an affordable local programming option rather than an expensive, out-of-town intensive. And with summer travel still likely in question this spring as July and August plans are being made, your studio's local summer training option remains a safe bet.

The keys to profitable summer programming? Figuring out what type of structure will appeal most to your studio clientele, keeping start-up costs low—and, ideally, converting new summer students into new year-round students.

Keep reading... Show less

Get Dance Business Weekly in your inbox

Sign Up Used in accordance with our Privacy Policy.